X
Why You Can Trust CNET

We handpick the products and services we write about. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement

HTC's beautiful, squeezable U11

It has a unique feature you have to squeeze to believe.

pp
pp

Andrew Lanxon

See full bio
htc-u11-hero-product.jpg
1 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

HTC is hoping that a mirrored back and a quirky "squeeze control" feature will be enough for its new U11 flagship phone to challenge Samsung's glossy Galaxy S8.

htc-u11-6331-001
2 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

htc-u11-6331-001

The ultrasound sensors, which are built into the edge of the device, allow you to gently squeeze the phone to perform certain actions, like opening an app.

htc-u11-josh-miller-3821-024.jpg
3 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

A quick single squeeze could open the camera, for example. 

htc-u11-6275-006.jpg
4 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

A long squeeze might open your email.

htc-u11-6266-004.jpg
5 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

The U11 is beautiful and glossy.

htc-u11-solar-red-0324-004
6 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

htc-u11-solar-red-0324-004

In addition to Google Assistant, you can now get Amazon Alexa to work on the phone, which means you can control your smart home from the phone, or reorder items.

htc-u11-solar-red-0363-011
7 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

htc-u11-solar-red-0363-011

Solar red may be our favorite color.

htc-u11-solar-red-0365-013
8 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

htc-u11-solar-red-0365-013

When light strikes, it can look yellow or red...

htc-u11-solar-red-0364-012
9 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

htc-u11-solar-red-0364-012

...or a bit of both.

htc-u11-6291-008.jpg
10 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

It's got a reliable 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 16-megapixel front-facing lens.

htc-u11-6257-003.jpg
11 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

Watch out -- it's a fingerprint magnet.

htc-u11-josh-miller-3861-026.jpg
12 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

It's water-resistant, too.

htc-u11-hero-product-13.jpg
13 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET

There's no 3.5mm headphone jack on the U11.

htc-u11-josh-miller-3724-012.jpg
14 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

Instead, you'll be plugging in your headphones using the USB-C port. Controversial.

htc-u11-6294-009.jpg
15 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

Check out more shots of the HTC U11!

htc-u11-hero-product-2.jpg
16 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-9.jpg
17 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-3.jpg
18 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-4.jpg
19 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-apps.jpg
20 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-7.jpg
21 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-11.jpg
22 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-6.jpg
23 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-10.jpg
24 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-12.jpg
25 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3624-001.jpg
26 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3646-006.jpg
27 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3710-011.jpg
28 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3807-022.jpg
29 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3740-014.jpg
30 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-hero-product-5.jpg
31 of 38 Andrew Hoyle/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3796-020.jpg
32 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3804-021.jpg
33 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3670-008.jpg
34 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3639-004.jpg
35 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3753-016.jpg
36 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3694-010.jpg
37 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET
htc-u11-josh-miller-3681-009.jpg
38 of 38 Josh Miller/CNET

So, how do we feel about theHTC U11? Read our full review to find out.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

83 Photos
The 42 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The 42 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

43 Photos
Our Favorite Google Doodles Through the Years

More Galleries

Our Favorite Google Doodles Through the Years

49 Photos
Dodge Charger Daytona EV Concept Is the Strong, Silent Type

More Galleries

Dodge Charger Daytona EV Concept Is the Strong, Silent Type

30 Photos
Dodge Hornet Is a New Compact Crossover Focused on Affordable Performance

More Galleries

Dodge Hornet Is a New Compact Crossover Focused on Affordable Performance

21 Photos
Czinger 21C Hypercar Is the Future of Auto Manufacturing

More Galleries

Czinger 21C Hypercar Is the Future of Auto Manufacturing

64 Photos